Israel's new brain-respiratory death act: One step forward or two steps backward?

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Although the legalization of the concept of brain death in Israel may be similar to that in other developed countries, much doubt surrounds its wisdom and practical effect. The new Israeli act raises theoretical and practical concerns, which were not fully anticipated by lawmakers. The article describes the new law and elaborates on key issues deriving from the regulation of brain death. Its main argument is that the new legislation of brain-respiratory death, suffers from some major problems that need to be addressed so that it will have some meaningful, let alone less detrimental bearing on the acceptance of brain death in Israel and the practice of its determination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-306
Number of pages8
JournalReviews in the Neurosciences
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Autonomy
  • Brain death
  • Brain-respiratory death
  • Cardiac death
  • Israel
  • Personhood
  • Transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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